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Sink or Swim

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Former Employee - Producer  in  McLean, VA
Former Employee - Producer in McLean, VA

I worked at AOL full-time for more than a year

Pros

You were given a lot of responsibilities and plenty of resources to get your job done.

Cons

You were not provided much guidance. Management was a misnomer; you were tasked and supported but you were not managed.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Some of the best people, had the best and the worst of times

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    Former Employee - Technical Director  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Technical Director in Dulles, VA

    I worked at AOL full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People loved their jobs
    Felt like they were contributing
    Saw their product used by millions
    Creative and fast-paced

    Cons

    Lack of focus
    No patience for rectifying mistakes
    Too many VPs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to please Wall Street and previously the Time Warner mandarins

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    The management revolving door of all time

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    Former Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Brilliant people , plenty of money to invest in cutting edge tech driven by desperate need to survive.

    Cons

    Zero direction at any macro level. A persistent dream by senior management that they can have their billions back on the balance sheet and be relevant again in three months. When this keeps failing to happen, leaders are kicked out and a new batch brought in. This is the driver for the inane ideas that are embraced and then discarded. Patch is the flagship boneheaded product that TA won't let go.....followed by numerous others based on nothing but the flavor of the month thinking. At the engineer level the place rocks, you will learn more in a year there then ten somewhere else, unless you are at google or apple etc. join, learn, leave. That's your best bet if you insist on working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. Stop racing to make this company what it once was and enjoy the fact that of you cultivate things they will grow. Aol is living on its old subscription revenue base that is shrinking away steadily, so what? Stick with a few key ideas and give it a few years. Then you may have a company that has something to offer rather than a few goodies and lots of outdated apps. Last piece of advice? Let Arianna take over , she knows how to run a company.

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